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Leadership for impact
Online course

Our half day courses are the most popular, but we can also provide most courses as 1 hour, 90 minute and 2 hour stand-alone courses, or connect these together into a series of sessions running over a few weeks or months. Set up a call to discuss how we can adapt this course to your needs.

Our online courses are just as interactive as any face-to-face training. They are specially designed so you get more engagement in ways that are not possible when everyone is in the same room together. Online courses are a great way to keep colleagues connected and inspired.

Since it was introduced in 2013, this course has become the most widely used resource to train researchers in impact around the world, having been used by over 200 institutions in 55 countries to date. 



Course Description

This session will enable you to develop leadership skills to facilitate impact from research. Whether you are in a leadership or management role with responsibility for impact, or you want to start facilitating impact in your projects and teams, this session will enable you to develop an authentic vision for impact that is grounded in your values and give you practical skills to connect people and ideas, and benefit others through your leadership. There is significant time for individual exercises and discussions, both in plenary and break-out rooms, giving you space to think deeply and strategically about how you want to lead for impact. As part of the session you will receive a hard copy* and a PDF copy of the second edition of The Research Impact Handbook.

*Available when you book half a day's worth of courses or more

Key benefits:

  • Learn about a leadership model for impact that can help you lead from behind to facilitate your colleagues to achieve impacts from their research

  • Develop an authentic vision for impact that is grounded in your values

  • Create your own impact network map, considering people in your institution, disciplinary networks and non-academic networks, and discuss key strengths, biases and gaps

  • Choose an influencer or a hard-to-reach group and use the 3i’s approach to analyse their relative interest, influence and impact, to inform your engagement strategy.

  • Use these insights to identify between 3-5 individuals you would like to add value to, and discuss ways to build trust and mutual impact with these individuals

  • Critically discuss influencing skills and learn a technique to help you avoid influence turning into manipulation

  • Design your own leadership experiment, to put what you’ve learned into practice, get feedback and learn from both failures and success

At the end of the workshop:

  • Receive slides and links to free resources to help you embed impact in your research

  • Have the option to make a commitment to an action based on the course and receive a follow-up email from Prof Reed to check in and help as necessary after a month.


Prof Reed continues to answer all questions from participants via email after the course, guaranteeing a response to all questions within one week.

Optional preparation for the workshop

If you would like to prepare for the workshop, you can read chapter 15 of Impact Culture and you can view a 5-part blog series on Leading for impact, starting here

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Half-day workshop £1500 +VAT for 30-40 participants

Includes 30 free hard copies of The Research Impact Handbook, worth £29.99 each.


90 minute workshops £750 +VAT for 30-40 participants

Includes PDF copies of The Research Impact Handbook. You can add hard copies of the books for your participants at additional cost.


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